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Brungerley Bridge
River Ribble, Brungerley, Clitheroe, Lancashire
Brungerley Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  after 1814
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD737428
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Brungerley Bridge was probably designed and built by the Lancashire County Bridgemaster following the destruction by floods in 1814 of an earlier timber bridge on the same site.
The three-span bridge has two particular features worthy of note — there are stone water spouts to drain rainwater from the deck, and there is an impressive inscribed stone on the inside face of the western parapet at midspan. The inscription names the bridge.
The bridge's two river piers are constructed of rusticated stone blocks laid in courses. They have pointed cutwaters on the upstream face that continue up the side of the bridge almost to the height of the arches. Above the cutwaters, rectangular pilasters continue up to the coping stones of the solid stone parapets.
The arches are segmented and circular, and have a single row of rusticated stone voussoirs (wedge-shaped blocks forming the arch). Some of the voussoirs project from the side of the bridge. The spandrels, or infill panels, are laid in squared masonry set in courses that continues straight up to form the parapets, with no defining stringcourse at road level.
The spans of the arches measure 13.86m, 14.2m and 13.9m. They rise 4.6m, 4m and 3.4m respectively.
Bungerley Bridge carries the B6478 from Waddington over the River Ribble on its way to Clitheroe, and is located just south of the hamlet of Brungerley.
Research: PHEW
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, 1973
"The Ribble from its ource to the Sea" by F. Riley
John Heywood Ltd, Manchester, 1914
Location

Brungerley Bridge